Books Beast by Judith Ivory Paperback, , Harpercollins, List Price: $5.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleBeastAuthorJudith Ivory Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary Agreeing to marry European aristocrat Charles d'Harcourt, who is rumored to be hideously ugly, American heiress Louise Vandermeer decides to have a last fling with a compelling stranger aboard the ship that carries her to her new home. Genres: Romance Historical Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Beast 100 Best Books Happy Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances July 29, 2015 It's the NPR Books Summer of Love, so to celebrate, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite romances. And the results are in: 100 love stories to help every reader find a happy ever after.